SGS’s BioVision laboratory in Canada has received International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) accreditation to provide sampling and testing for a large variety of commercially important seeds.
ISTA was founded in 1924 with the aim of developing and publishing standardized procedures for seed testing. Today, with more than 130 accredited laboratories around the world, its mission is to promote international trade by bringing uniformity to seed quality evaluation.
The laboratory at Sherwood Park, Alberta, joins SGS's existing ISTA accredited laboratory at Brookings in South Dakota, USA, to create a network that conveniently and effectively support both the local and international seed industry. SGS in Canada has achieved this recognition in addition to its other Canadian seed testing accreditations.
ISTA accreditation at Sherwood Park covers seed sampling and testing for the generation of ISTA Orange International Seed Lot Certificates (OIC) and Blue International Seed Sample Certificates (BIC). An OIC provides information on the quality of seed lots, while a BIC provides information on a seed sample. SGS’ laboratory covers a comprehensive range of ISTA testing services, including purity testing, determination of other seeds, germination, viability, and moisture content, and seed weight determination for seeds, coated seeds and seed mixtures.
The scope of ISTA accreditation includes sampling and testing of:
Other agricultural crops, e.g. Brassica species
Acquired by SGS in 2017, BioVision has over 20 years of expertise in testing for the seed trade and research organizations. Utilizing three laboratories in western Canada, the team specialize in testing seeds for purity, germination, viability, seed health, disease, and molecular and trait testing to Canadian and AOSA standards.
For more information, please contact:
Laboratory Manager, SGS Canada
t: +1 780 436 8822